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Gateway board elects new chair

At a special meeting on Oct. 24, Gateway Community & Technical College Board of Directors selected Kenneth Paul chairman of the board. In addition, Dr. Julie Smith-Morrow was named vice chair and Paul Whalen, secretary.

Im looking forward to working with Chairman Paul to continue the great work here at Gateway, said Dr. Fernando Figueroa, Gateway president. We are partners in serving our students and the community. 

Paul is a resident of Ft. Thomas, a communications consultant and retired executive of Cincinnati Bell. Paul's 41-year career with the telephone company included management and non-management positions in sales and sales support and involved the direction of eight to 160 employees. Paul served as Campbell County Judge Executive (1986-1998), Campbell County Commissioner (1982-1986), Councilman and Mayor of the city of Southgate (1972-1982) and was a Southgate police officer from 1969 to 1972. He is past chair of the boards for the Tri-County Economic Development Corporation, Northern Kentucky Health Development and the Northern Kentucky Area Development District. He served four terms as president of the Campbell County Council of Governments. He was appointed to Gateway's founding board by Governor Paul Patton in 2001, was reappointed by Governor Ernie Fletcher in 2007 and was reappointed by Governor Steve Beshear in May 2014 for a term expiring November 15, 2019.

It's an honor to be the next chair of Gateway and have the opportunity to work with our new president, Dr. Figueroa, and the board to take Gateway to the next level, said Ken Paul, Gateway board chairman. I believe the key goal of Gateway is to provide students with quality, affordable education and the skill set that will empower them to follow their dreams of attaining a rewarding career. 

Dr. Julie Ann Smith-Morrow is a resident of Newport. She is a graduate of Brookfield (Wisconsin) Central High School and Texas Tech University in Lubbock, where she earned a bachelor of science degree and a Ph.D. in agronomy. Smith-Morrow is a member of the Hamilton County Human Services Chamber board of directors, vice chair of the Newport Independent School System board of education, and a member of the inaugural class of Emerge Kentucky. She was appointed to the Gateway board by Governor Steve Beshear in May 2014 for a term expiring November 15, 2019.

Paul Whalen is a resident of Fort Thomas and a contracts attorney for the U.S. Department of Energy. Whalen is a graduate of Tates Creek High School in Lexington and the University of Kentucky, where he earned a bachelors degree in history and Latin American studies. He has a masters degree in history from Ft. Hays State University, a diploma from the U.S. Naval War College and a J.D. from Northern Kentucky University's Chase College of Law. Whalen is a member of the Kentucky and West Virginia Bar Associations, and chair of the Commission on Archives and History for the Kentucky Conference of the United Methodist Church. He served 12 years on the Fort Thomas board of education and four years on the Kentucky State Board of Education. He was appointed to Gateway's board by Governor Steve Beshear in May 2014 for a term expiring November 15, 2017.

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